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Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium

MECC

The Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium (later Corporation), most commonly known as MECC, was an organization founded in 1973. The goal of the organization was to coordinate and provide computer services to schools in the state of Minnesota; however, its software eventually became popular in schools around the world.

Origins

During the 1960s, Minnesota was a center of computer technology, what one newspaper would describe 50 years later as a "Midwestern Silicon Valley". IBM, Honeywell, Control Data and other companies had facilities in the state. In 1963, their presence inspired a group of teachers at the University of Minnesota College of Education's laboratory school to introduce computers into classrooms via teleprinters and time-sharing. The group began with long-distance calls to Dartmouth College's General Electric computer to use John George Kemeny and Thomas E. Kurtz's new Dartmouth BASIC language, then moved to Minneapolis-based Pillsbury Company's own GE computer. In 1968, 20 Minneapolis-Saint Paul area school districts and the College of Education founded Total Information for Educational Systems (TIES) to provide time-sharing service on a HP 2000, training, and software. The presence of computer-company employees on many school boards accelerated TIES's expansion and helped make Minnesota a leader in computer-based education.

TIES's success, and similar projects run by Minneapolis Public Schools and Mankato State University, led to the founding of MECC in 1973 by the state legislature. As a Joint Powers Authority, with the support of the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, and the Minnesota Department of Education, MECC's role was to study and coordinate computer use in schools for both administrative and educational purposes. Schools, including the universities, had to get MECC's approval for most computing expenses, and were also its customers for computer-related services. After study of educational needs, a single educational computer center in the Minneapolis area was recommended for use by schools throughout the state[6] (the University of Minnesota's MERITSS computer provided time-sharing services to its campuses and to state universities). MECC hoped that every Minnesota school, regardless of size, would have a terminal connected to the computer center.

Computing facilities

SUMITS, a UNIVAC 1110 mainframe was installed at the MECC facility at 1925 Sather, address later changed to 2520 Broadway Drive, next to Highway 280. A sturdy industrial building originally used for electrical maintenance, part of the building was already occupied by the University of Minnesota's Lauderdale computing facility. SUMITS was a batch processing system, however, not time-sharing, and its performance failed to meet the terms of the contract. In 1977 it was replaced with a Control Data Corporation Cyber 73 mainframe, known as the MECC Timesharing System (MTS). It became the largest such system for education in the world, with up to 448 simultaneous connections from up to 2000 terminals throughout the state, most of them Teletype Model 33 teleprinters, connected at 110 and 300 baud through telephones by using acoustically coupled modems. After several years most of the phone lines were replaced with direct circuits to schools across the state.

By 1982 MTS had more than 950 programs in its library. One of the most popular was The Oregon Trail, originally written for the Minneapolis Public Schools' computer. Programming was the largest single use for MTS, with up to 45% of the system used for one of almost one dozen computer languages. To support its larger number of users—70 to 80% of all Minnesota public schools in 1981, and available to 96% of Minnesota students from 7 am to 11 pm daily by 1982 —primarily using programs written in the BASIC language, both timesharing systems developed shared memory (MULTI) BASIC systems. Through this and less efficient methods, multiuser programs and chat systems appeared in addition to electronic mail and BBS programs; some of these were derived from MERITSS programs.

While some of the ideas may have been derived from MERITSS, the multi programs were more efficient. The MERITSS chat program, even though it operated via fast access system files, could not match the efficiency of a MULTI chat program that copied the input/output into memory to be delivered to the user.

The University of Minnesota Computer Center (UCC as it was called then) rejected implementing MULTI due to concerns about system stability. UCC tried to retrofit the MULTI-mail program for its own use because of the good user interface. It was not possible. They then tried again with an older fast access system file version, and while it worked, it was unreliable. After doing test runs with several other Universities mail programs, two developers at UCC implemented their own version, which also contained a message board feature, and was the campus wide e-mail solution for a couple of years.

Microcomputer technology

As MECC's Cyber 73 entered into service, microcomputers began to appear. In 1978 it appeared that features wished for in the classroom, such as a graphical display, were available. Through an evaluation and bidding process, the Apple II was chosen by MECC for state schools over other candidates, such as the Radio Shack TRS-80; the win was an important early deal in the history of Apple Inc. Any school in the state could buy Apple computers through MECC, which resold them at cost, without having to go through complex evaluation and purchasing procedures. Through what InfoWorld described as an "enviable showcase" for its products Apple sold more than 2,000 computers during the next three years and more than 5,000 by 1983, making MECC's the company's largest reseller. In late 1981 MECC switched to a discount agreement for the Atari 400 and 800, and distributed software through the Atari Program Exchange. The use of microcomputers quickly increased, with 85% of school districts using them by 1981 compared to 75% for time-sharing, and the Cyber 73 shut down in 1983. By then each Minnesota public school had an average of three to four computers, compared to only 20 Milwaukee elementary schools of 110 with computers. MECC offered computer training to teachers and administrators, and 10 consortium consultants traveled throughout the state assisting school districts.

MECC developed hundreds of microcomputer educational programs, many converted from the time-sharing original; by 1979 some MECC programs for the Apple II could be downloaded from the timesharing system. MECC distributed The Oregon Trail and others in its library to Minnesota schools for free, and charged others $10 to $20 for diskettes, each containing several programs. By July 1981 it had 29 software packages available. Projector slides, student worksheets, and other resources for teachers accompanied the software.

As control over computer resources moved to local levels within Minnesota, MECC's focus on selling software grew. Beginning in 1980 with the Iowa Department of Education, 5,000 school districts around the world purchased site licenses for MECC software. It distributed 250,000 copies of MECC software around the world by 1982, and the "Institutional Membership" business became so successful that state subsidies ended. In 1983 MECC became a taxable, profit-making company, owned by the state of Minnesota but otherwise independent. By the 1985-1986 school year MECC offered more than 300 products and had about $7 million in annual sales.

Activities

During its lifetime, the company produced a number of programs that have become well-known to American Generation X and Y students. Besides Oregon Trail, others were The Secret Island of Dr. Quandary, The Yukon Trail, The Amazon Trail, Odell Lake, Zoyon Patrol, Number Munchers, Math Munchers, Spelling Munchers, Lemonade Stand, Spellevator, Storybook Weaver, Freedom!, Museum Madness and DinoPark Tycoon.

Closure

MECC was financially successful and dominated the market for Apple II software used within schools, but its management believed that the company needed more capital in order to compete for the home market and to develop software for other platforms, such as the IBM PC and the Macintosh. As the state of Minnesota did not have the capital to fund such plans, it spun off the company as a private corporation in 1991 to the venture capital fund North American Fund II for $5.25 million. An IPO followed in March 1994 and the publicly traded company, with about $30 million in annual revenue—about one third from The Oregon Trail—was acquired by SoftKey in 1995 for $370 million in stock.

Although MECC continued to develop software, including the successful Oregon Trail II in 1996, its offices in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota closed in October 1999 due to layoffs.

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Odell Lake is a simulation game in which you take the role of a fish in Odell Lake, Oregon. You meet various forms of animal and plant life, including other types of fish. Each time you meet another animal or a plant, you must decide what to do. Your decisions determine whether or not you survive! There are two ways to play Odell Lake: - Go Exploring - Play for Points When you go exploring: - You choose the fish you want to play; - You are told the names of the plants and animals you meet; -...
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Welcome to the world of Munchers, Troggles, and fractions. Your job is to help your Muncher eat the right fractions or expressions without getting caught by a Troggle! You may play four different games: 1. Fraction Types - Help the Munchers choose the right type of fractions to eat for lunch. 2. Equivalent Fractions - Help the Munchers eat all the fractions equivalent to a given fraction. 3. Comparing Fractions - Help the Munchers decide whether a fraction is less than or greater than one half....
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Speedway Math provides you with a set of three programs to practice the quick recall of math facts. Tune-up Time - Practice basic math facts of your own choosing. You select the operation, problem types, and number of problems. The lesson is not timed. Practice Laps - Select the operation and do as many practice laps (10 problems) as you like. After each lap, you are given your score, time, and speed. The Big Race - After plenty of practice, you are finally ready for the big race. How long does...
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Counting Critters is a series of five programs that provide practice on beginning math concepts of numerals and counting. Match Magic - Students practice matching numerals between 1 and 20. When students answer correctly, the person illustrates the meaning of the numeral by showing that number of animals. Counting Safari - Students practice counting 1 to 12 safari anaimals that Charlie Chimp sees from his tree. Pet Store - Students put 1 to 12 identical puppies in Suzy Shopkeeper's pet store...
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First-Letter Fun is a set of four programs that give practice in matching the initial sounds of words with the letters that make those sounds. With the exception of the letters Q and X, all the letters of the alphabet are presented for practice. In the case of words beginning with vowels, only the short vowel sounds are used.
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Arithmetic Critters is a collection of four programs designed to give kindergarten and first-grade children individual practice on early mathematics skills. Each program presents exercises that can be solved using counting skills. The exercises are presented in a way intended to reinforce the concepts behind the skills. In Animal Addition, students practice adding two groups of up to nine identical animals. In Fowl Play, students practice subtracting up to nine birds from a group of up to...
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Circus Math is a drill and practice package that presents whole number addition problems. The programs are sequenced according to difficulty. Clown Maker - Drills on whole number addition with two digit addends. The problems do not involve regrouping. (20 problems) Clown Car - Drills on whole number addition with two digit addends. The problems may involve up to three addends and do not involve regrouping. (20 problems) High Wire - Drills on whole number addition with 2-4 digit addends. The...
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Path Tactics, a math game for children ages 5 to 12, is designed to reinforce basic math skills. The game tests players' abilities to use basic math operations and also challenges their problem-solving skills. The Path Tactics game has seven levels of play. Children can choose from Counting, Adding, Subtracting, Multiplying, Dividing, and Subtracting (with negative answers allowed). Children can play against a friend or against the computer. Children can each choose a different level of play...
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The following drills review the most fundamental elements of grammar -- the parts of speech. The parts of speech name words according to their function in the sentence. Each drill begins with a diagnostic quiz of three questions. With a perfect score on each quiz, the 7 drills can be completed in 21 sentences. You can master the drills with less than a perfect score. The computer will tell you how many sentences you use to achieve mastery.
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This unique nine-part primary diskette adds fun and magic to teaching pre-reading skills. Youngsters learn letter recognition and alphabetical ordering in CATERPILLAR and TRAIN. Initial consonant identification is covered in A IS FOR APPLE. PICTURES, WORDS, and SHAPES challenge the memory of young learners in fascinating games of concentration. Three arithmetic programs, SMILE, WUZZLE, and SPACESHIP, turn counting and addition into fun activities.
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From "estimations" to "constellations" this package has a wide range of use in mathematics and science with two popular simulations, ODELL LAKE and ODELL WOODS, included. ESTIMATE is a drill and practice program on estimating problems in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and percents. MATH GAME provides drill and practice on the four basic math operations. ODELL LAKE simulates a typical food web found in lakes in North America. SOLAR DISTANCE teaches concepts...
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Clock Works has four programs for students learning to tell time. These programs provide practice with telling time and setting clocks. Clocks with hands (analog) and digital clocks are both used. Whats the Time? - What time is shown on the clock? Choose from the four times shown. (20 problems) Set the Clock - Can you get the hands of a clock to the right time? This program will give you a chance to practice. (10 problems) Digital Drill - Let's practice reading time. And while you are doing...
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Fun from A to Z consists of three programs that give students practice in distinguishing the letters of the alphabet, matching upper and lower-case letters, and learning the sequence of the alphabet. Birds - Gives practice in discriminating the letters of the alphabet and matching upper and lower-case letters. Dots - Helps students learn the sequence of letters by connecting dots in alphabetical order. Runners - Sharpens students' knowledge of the alphabet sequence by requiring them to select...
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Jenny's Journeys is an exciting adventure in map reading. These programs present the challenge of traveling from place to place in a quaint little town called Lake City. To make getting around town easier, Aunt Jenny has lent you her car. There is a map in the glove compartment and enough gas in the tank to get you wherever you need to go. Jenny's Journeys has three levels of difficulty.
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From "estimations" to "constellations" this package has a wide range of use in mathematics and science with two popular simulations, ODELL LAKE and ODELL WOODS, included. ESTIMATE is a drill and practice program on estimating problems in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and percents. MATH GAME provides drill and practice on the four basic math operations. ODELL LAKE simulates a typical food web found in lakes in North America. SOLAR DISTANCE teaches concepts...
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Multiplication Puzzles is a drill and practice package that presents whole number multiplication problems, some of which involve regrouping. The programs are sequenced according to difficulty. Lights Out - Drills on whole number multiplication facts using primarily the factors 0-5. (25 problems) Paper, Rock, Scissors - Drills on whole number multiplication facts using the factors 0-9. (25 problems) Tic-Tac-Toe - Drills on whole number multiplication facts using the factors 0-9 and missing...
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MECC A153 Word Munchers v1.4
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This package presents five engaging games that require players to develop strategies and use their estimation skills in order to be successful. Range Finder - Help Esther Mation quickly locate the correct ranges for actual answers to problems. Tic-Tac-Toe - Play a friend or a computer opponent in Tic-Tac-Toe. Use rounding skills to be the first to get three in a row. Get In Line - Arrange numbers and expressions from smallest to largest as quickly as possible. Estimation Chompers - Quickly...
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Quickflash (1986)(MECC)(US)[data disk]
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MECC Keyboarding Master is a package in the Keyboarding series. This series, along with four others, is part of MECC's Computing and Information collection. This collection introduces students to the concepts and skills necessary to live in the Information Age.
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The Worksheet Generator package is one of the teacher utility diskettes for use with MECC's Mastering Math Series. This series focuses on the whole number skills normally taught in grades 1-4. This package allows teachers to design and print worksheets to supplement lessons found any of these diskettes: 1. Early Addition 2. Circus Math 3. Addition Logician 4. Space Subtraction 5. Subtraction Puzzles 6. Multiplication Puzzles 7. Quotient Quest Design a Worksheet - This program allows you to...
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Space Subtraction is a drill and practice package that presents whole number subtraction problems which do not involve regrouping. The programs are sequenced according to difficulty. Cosmic Creature - Drills on whole number subtraction facts with single-digit numbers. (25 problems) Blast Off - Drills on whole number subtraction facts with a two-digit number minus a one-digit number. (25 problems) Zemoon Walk - Drills on whole number subtraction with one- or two-digit numbers and no regrouping....
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MECC A191 Odell Lake v1.0
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MECC A170 Number Munchers v1.3
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In Discovery Lab you are challenged to design experiments in order to determine the characteristics of imaginary mystery organisms. The package contains three separate labs of varying difficulty. As you progress through the labs you must control additional variables and analyze increasingly complex organisms. Training Lab - In this lab you may design a simplified experiment using one or two variables. Each of the variables, light and temperature, has two distinct settings. The five organisms in...
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MECC A153 Word Munchers v1.0
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In Energy House, students move through rooms of a house to find and correct energy wasters. As the student corrects an energy waster, the energy efficiency of the house increases. Students are to assume the outside temperature is 0 degrees Celsius, or freezing, and that the house is properly insulated.
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MECC A170 Number Munchers v1.0
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MECC A153 Word Munchers v1.3
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Growgin's Fractions includes 3 games covering fractions. Like Denominators - a tutorial on ordering factions that have like denominators. Like Numerators - a tutorial on ordering fractions that have like numerators. Growgins - a maze game that provides practice in ordering fractions with like denominators or like numerators.
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Design Volume 1 v1.0 is software which was originally included in MECC's Designing Instructional Computing Materials training manual. The training manual is organized for teaching five 3-hour sessions. Laboratory work and handouts are provided to allow participants to apply concepts and specifics from each session and to develop their own design. This module consists of two diskettes with the five sessions covering motivation, analysis of tasks, text and graphics, interaction, testing, and...
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Sorting is a common process that is often associated with large amounts of information, such as long lists of names or addresses. The Exploring Sorting Routines package is designed to be used in programming classes as a means of exploring and comparing methods of sorting lists of data. This package has four BASIC programs designed to aid both teachers and students. The CLASSROOM DEMONSTRATIONS program uses large-text graphics, enabling the easily-read characters to be displayed on a monitor in...
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Conquering Whole Numbers is part of MECC's Conquering Math series. This package drills on advanced problems in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Remediation is provided for students having difficulties. The problems available are: ADDITION - two or more re-groupings; up to four addends. SUBTRACTION - two or more re-groupings; regroup across zero(es). MULTIPLICATION - multiple regroups possible; factors with up to 3 digits; factors with internal zeroes. DIVISION - one or two...
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Words at Work - Contraction Action gives students practice with contractions and their corresponding words. In The Magic Painter, students match contractions with their corresponding words or the words with the correct contraction. The examples can be presented with or without context sentences. In The Contraction Show, students practice spelling contractions or their corresponding words. In The Contraction Game, students match words with contractions in a concentration game format. The game...
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The Friendly Computer is collection of five programs which teach children basic computer use. The Keyboard - The Keyboard program introduces children to the location of various keys and to the use of the shift key. Term Worm - Term Worm introduces children to the devices which make up a computer system and to commonly used keyboard keys. Zebug - Zebug provides children with practice in locating keys on the keyboard in a race against time. Picture - Picture allows children to draw a picture...
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The programs in EZ Logo serve as a tool which students can use to explore the capabilities of the computer and Turtle graphics. EZ Logo 1 - This program includes 24 guided activities ordered according to difficulty. The activities include tracing the path out of mazes, drawing letters, words, patterns and simple objects, and creating original designs. Children can print, but not save, the pictures they create. EZ Logo 2 - This program is totally open-ended, allowing children to create original...
Topic: Educational
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Mathematics Vol I - Graphing, Logic, and Equations These eight programs focus computer power on central concepts in secondary mathematics, including coordinate geometry, algebra, and logic. SLOPE, POLYGRAPH, and POLAR, all versatile graphing utilities, enable students to explore concepts such as slope, intercepts, roots or equations, symmetry, concavity, and translations in both rectangular and polar coordinates. ALGEBRA provides guided practice in solving linear equations. BAGELS is a number...
Topics: Educational, Algebra
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Addition Logician is a drill and practice package that presents whole number addition problems which involve regrouping. The programs are sequenced according to difficulty. Each program includes a game which emphasizes logic and problem solving. Games include: Three In A Row - Drills on whole number addition with two addends and one regrouping. (20 problems) Zebug Him - Drills on whole number addition with two to for addends and 1 or 2 regroupdings. (20 problems) The Fence Game - Drills on...
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Oh Deer! (1983)(MECC)(US)
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MECC MUSIC THEORY (1980)
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In this plane geometry package, computer graphics will heighten your students' interest in identifying types of quadrilaterals and learning methods for calculating perimeters and areas. Students work at their own pace through an interactive tutorial program on quadrilaterals, recording definitions of parallelogram, rectangle, trapezoid, etc., and drawing corresponding figures on the accompanying worksheet. The related quiz program assesses students' knowledge of the definitions. A second...
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MECC A231 Spellevator v1.0
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The programs in Sound Tracks motivate experimentation with sound, line, and color to create pictures. It has been designed to provide fun and challenge for children ages 5 and up. Sound Doodles allows you to play tunes on your keyboard while interesting patterns appear on your screen. Sound Images is designed for you to create your own pictures with sound. A beginner's guide demonstrates the features of this program and gives you an opportunity to practice them. Sound Show contains a...
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Package - Drills on whole number addition with sums of 10 or less. Addition of 0 plus single digit number included. (20 problems) Airplane - Drills on whole number addition facts in preceding package, plus fill in single digit missing addend including zero. (20 problems) Balloons - Drills on preceding problem types plus problems with three addends. (20 problems) Creature - Drills on sums which fall between 11 and 18, including fill in the missing addend. (24 problems) Fire - Drills on problems...
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MECC A196 Fraction Munchers v1.0
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MECC Dataquest: The Fifty States is a database program with two purposes. It is designed to (1) introduce you to the concept and capabilities of a computerized database, and (2) help you use this database as a research tool as you study the fifty states. The STATES DATABASE program consists of information about the fifty states and the procedures to access the information. The database contains a wide range of historic, geographic and demographic facts about the fifty states. You access the...
Topics: Educational, Social Studies
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Computer Generated Mathematics Materials Volume 1 - Problem Solving (Grades 3-8) This teacher utility package can be used to make worksheets or tests for an individual student or for an entire class. A printer must be used with this program. You select from 316 different objectives covering Interpreting Tables; Selecting an Operation to use in solving word problems; Reading Graphs; or Working Backwards, which is a collection of mazes, patterns, magic triangles, and magic squares. You may select...
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MECC A308 Rocket Factory v1.0
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Number Line - Gives practice in estimating the location of whole numbers and decimals on a number line. Estimate - Drills on estimating problems in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and percentages. Heartbeat - Provides exercise in estimating the number of heartbeats in a given period of time. Shopping - Gives practice in estimating the amount of money spent on a shopping trip.
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Part three in a four part Accounting series. Designed to supplement a second-year or advanced accounting course with three integrated systems: general ledger, accounts payable, and accounts receivable. A fourth program demonstrates inventory control. This program was later re-titled to just "Accounting"
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Puzzles and Posters lets you create and print a variety of crossword puzzles, word searches, and mazes. You can also design and print original banners and posters. Word Search - You can create and print searches with this program. You may store the lists of words for the puzzles on a data diskette. Crossword - This program lets you create and print crossword puzzles. You may store the lists of words for the puzzles on a data diskette. A-Maze-Ment - You can use this program to create and print...
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MECC A109 Circus Math
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Computer Generated Mathematics Materials Volume 2 - Problem Solving (Grades 3-8) Each of the five problem-solving components in this teacher utility package can be used to make worksheets or tests for individuals or for an entire class. You can select from 236 different objectives covering approximation and estimation, purchasing, money, division and multiplication, and picture and equation. With a printer, you have the capability of creating many different materials quickly and easily because...
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Words at Work - Suffix Sense gives students practice with words that contain suffixes. The programs can be presented with or without context sentences. In Babe in the Woods, students divide each word between the suffix and the base word. In Rory's Roots, students type the base words in words that contain suffixes. In The Hip Ele-gator Band, students determine the meaning of words that contain suffixes. In The Suffix Game, students match words that contain suffixes with their meanings. The game...
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MECC A154 First Letter Fun v1.1
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Special Needs Vol I - Spelling (Motor-impaired Students Grades 2-6) This unique drill and practice package is designed to teach beginning spelling to students with special needs and, in particular, those students who are motor-impaired or have poor coordination. The twenty drills included should primarily be used for individual practice, but could also be used by two or three students working as a team.
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Each of the four programs provides a tutorial setting to teach the concepts of geometry. This module covers types of lines and classification of triangles. Each lesson hos a tutorial and a quiz and student handouts ore provided for each lesson. LINES defines parallel, perpendicular, and intersecting lines. QUIZ ON LINES gives a ten-point quiz on these concepts. TRIANGLES defines different types of triangles, including scaline, isosceles, equilateral, acute, right, obtuse, and equiangular. QUIZ...
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Student Stories allows you to produce eighteen personalized stories suitable for students in the first through third grades. After entering the students' names, you may print a story containing those names.
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MECC A712 Music Theory Vol. 1 v2.1
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MECC Writer is an easy-to-use, easy-to-learn word processing program. With it, you can create reports, letters, documents, or papers of any sort. What you arrange on the screen is what will be printed on the page.
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